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By Cariva

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What can I plant on a very shady and dry bank (1m x 1.5m), that slopes quite steeply? It's right by the house, acidic soil and only gets a few hours of sun in mid summer. I've tried ferns with no success (too dry I guess) and it would be nice to have something that spreads, and is low-growing.



Epimediums could be the answer . . . lovely evergreens, grown mainly for their foliage (greens, bronzes etc.), with tiny flowers in summer. Spreads slowly, is low-growing and perfectly happy in dry shade. (I'll be uploading some pics later.)
Or Pachysandra?

3 Feb, 2011


Euphorbia amygdaloides, vinca or ivy should all be OK there. If you went for an epimedium as Sheila suggests you'd need to get a variety that keeps its leaves in winter. I have one that's great while it's flowering, but loses its leaves in autumn and is invisible for half the year.
Have you tried Hart's tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium)? I had them growing out of walls under trees - they are really tough. I've just read that they like limey soils - I'm here to tell you that they're not fussed if you have acid soil to offer instead. :-)

3 Feb, 2011


I'd recommend Hedera helix varieties, or second, Hypericum calycinum

3 Feb, 2011


Didn't know that, Beattie . . . all my Epimediums keep their leaves! Vinca is a good suggestion.

3 Feb, 2011


My disappearing Epimedium is Epimedium youngianum 'niveum' which is quite small and has white flowers. I have E. sulphureum (I think that's what it is..) as well and its bronze leaves are quite attractive in winter.

3 Feb, 2011


Geranium Nodosum makes effective and pretty ground cover in dry shady spots. My epimedium is warleyense, the reddish and yellow one, very pretty and great for ground cover.

3 Feb, 2011

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